Nonprofits Creating Hope this Passover

As the days last longer and feel brighter, Jews across the world gather to celebrate Passover – a holiday that underscores powerful themes of hope, strength and resilience. As we find new hope in our world, we’re highlighting organizations on the global, national, and local levels that give us hope.
We encourage you to explore this list and see what sparks your interest. Learn more about the organizations, donate to these special causes – using a DAF or otherwise, or reach out to Staci Eichelbaum, Director of Philanthropic Advising, to start a conversation about your philanthropic priorities.

Global

  • Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village | Visit website
    Children need the love and support of a family to thrive. When a family isn’t stable, due to societal trauma or personal tragedy, a youth village can fill the gap. By providing a warm and welcoming home, youth villages build families that last a lifetime. Modeled after Yemin Orde, an Israeli youth village established in 1953 to care for orphans of the Holocaust, Agahozo-Shalom is a place where “tears are dried” (from the Kinyarwanda word “agahozo”) and where vulnerable youth can “live in peace” (from the Hebrew word “shalom”).
  • American Jewish World Service | Visit website
    American Jewish World Service is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Through philanthropy and advocacy, we respond to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters, genocide and hunger, to the persecution of women and minorities worldwide. With Jewish values and a global reach, AJWS is making a difference in millions of lives and building a more just and equitable world.
  • JDC | Visit website
    JDC (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or “The Joint”) is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe. See the JDC program menu.
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) | Visit website
    The Jewish Agency provides the global framework for Aliyah, ensures global Jewish safety, strengthens Jewish identity and connects Jews to Israel and one another, and conveys the voice of the Jewish People to the State of Israel to help shape its society.
  • Save a Child’s Heart | Visit website
    Save a Child’s Heart saves lives by improving the quality and accessibility of cardiac care for children. Through our programs in Israel, we provide life-saving cardiac treatment to children from developing countries and train health care professionals from these countries to have the skills to deliver quality care in their home communities. Every day a child from a developing country is saved at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel at no cost to them and their families. Treating children regardless of race, religion, gender, or financial status. Saving over 5,700 children from 62 countries and counting.
  • Yemin Orde Youth Village – ImpactIsrael | Visit website
    Yemin Orde Youth Village, located on 77 acres atop Mount Carmel in northern Israel, is home, school and safe haven to 450 at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world.  The Village remains open 24/7, 365 days a year, for youth who have no other place to call home in Israel.  Yemin Orde provides a high ratio of staff to students and provides individualized therapeutic care and academic tutoring to those in need of extra supportive services. Additionally, the Village’s “Informal Educators” provide mentoring to troubled youth and are available 24 hours a day.  The traditions and values of Judaism are woven into every aspect of life at Yemin Orde.

National

  • American Jewish Committee | Visit website
    AJC is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, with unparalleled access to government officials, diplomats, and other world leaders. Through these relationships and our international presence, AJC is able to impact opinion and policy on the issues that matter most: combating rising antisemitism and extremism, defending Israel’s place in the world, and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all people.
  • Anti-Defamation League | Visit website
    ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is a global leader in exposing extremism and delivering anti-bias education, and is a leading organization in training law enforcement. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.
  • Jews of Color Initiative | Visit website
    The Jews of Color Initiative is a national effort focused on building and advancing the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of Color. The Initiative focuses on grantmaking, research and field building, and community education. We host the nation’s first-ever philanthropic and capacity building fund expressly dedicated to supporting Jews of Color.
  • JSCREEN | Visit website
    Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University’s Department of Human Genetics, JScreen is a national non-profit offering genetic testing and education. JScreen makes genetic testing accessible and affordable by offering comprehensive, at-home genetic testing on saliva. If a person or couples’ risk is elevated, genetic counselors will privately address the results, options and resources to help plan for a healthy future. JScreen believes that a combination of education, access to state-of-the-art testing technology, and personalized support by qualified medical professionals are key to preventing devastating genetic diseases.
  • No Kid Hungry | Visit website
    No child should go hungry. At No Kid Hungry, that’s our promise. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. That doesn’t mean ending childhood hunger is easy. We know what works, and we’ve made extraordinary progress for kids and families. But the job isn’t done, and won’t be done until we’ve met that promise and every single child in America has the food they need to grow up healthy and strong.

Local

  • Atlanta Humane Society | Visit website
    The Atlanta Humane Society is a no-kill shelter providing sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, and community outreach. As one of the oldest charities in Atlanta, we have been caring for our community and her animals for more than 148 years.  Together we put up a united front against cruelty, neglect, and displacement. With a heart to better lives, we connect homeless animals with good homes and neglected animals with safe spaces—uplifting our community by instilling compassion. We’re proud to be able to work together with animal advocates, other animal welfare organizations, and our community partners to save lives.
  • Bearings Bike Shop | Visit website
    Bearings Bike Works invites kids to earn a bike of their own while developing the skills necessary to successfully transition into adulthood and the workforce. Our mission is to put the right tools in the hands of youth enabling them to advance their skills to build productive lives.
  • Chattahoochee Riverkeeper | Visit website
    Our mission is to educate, advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, including its lakes, tributaries and watershed, in order to restore and conserve their ecological health for the people and wildlife that depend on the river system and in recognition of the important ecosystem functions provided throughout the region and planet.
  • Creating Connected Communities | Visit website
    Founded in 2010, Creating Connected Communities (CCC), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to bring life-enhancing programs to children in need by empowering teens to become engaged community leaders and volunteers. Through our community outreach programs, CCC serves thousands of children and families in need and offers hundreds of teen volunteer opportunities annually.
  • The Gateway Center | Visit website
    Gateway Center is a homeless service center designed to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for individuals and families experiencing homeless. Utilizing effective, reliable, and relevant solutions paired with our collective impact model, Gateway Center serves as the primary starting point for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. Gateway Center provides access to critical services and housing for the most vulnerable people in our community such as coordinated entry, basic needs services (i.e. showers, clothing closet, etc.), short-term residential housing (shelter), linkage to healthcare (medical, behavioral, and dental), and employment resources.
  • Global Growers | Visit website
    Global Growers Network partners with people from diverse cultures who grow fresh food for their families and for local marketplaces. Together, we build and sustain networks of growers, land, resources, and markets in order to create a more equitable food system that is driven by cultural diversity, inclusive economies, and regenerative agriculture practices.
  • Jewish Fertility Foundation | Visit website
    JFF provides financial assistance, educational awareness, and emotional support to Jewish people with medical fertility challenges. JFF aims to help any person experiencing infertility feel supported and less isolated throughout their fertility journey regardless of religious background.
    VISION:

    • Supporting people with their most basic needs to build their families – emotionally & financially.
    • Building Jewish continuity.
    • Creating new access points for young adults to Jewish Community at a critical moment in their life.
  • Moishe House | Visit website
    Moishe House provides vibrant Jewish community for young adults by supporting leaders in their 20s as they create meaningful home-based Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers. Since 2013, Moishe House’s presence in Atlanta has enabled emerging Jewish leaders to create meaningful welcoming communities for themselves and their peers. Through four houses and three MHWOW hosts, these young leaders host ongoing events at least once per week.
  • Oakland Cemetery | Visit website
    Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. Less than a mile from downtown, its 48 acres are full of treasures – history and gardens, sculpture and architecture, ancient oaks and magnolias. It’s a wedding venue, a green space, an art gallery, a classroom space, and a place to celebrate the city’s rich and fascinating past and its promising future.
  • OneTable | Visit website
    OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. OneTable is a national nonprofit funded to support people (21-39ish) looking to find and share this powerful experience.
  • Open Hand Atlanta | Visit website
    We cook. We deliver. We teach. We care. Open Hand seeks to eliminate disability and untimely death due to nutrition-sensitive chronic disease. Open Hand serves our community by empowering people to live healthier, more productive lives.
  • Our House | Visit website
    At Our House, we are on a mission to end the cycle of homelessness for families. We provide shelter for families experiencing homelessness to live. We provide education for children experiencing homelessness to thrive. Our interrelated programs address the root causes of homelessness and ensure every family that leaves Our House has the tools needed to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.
  • Repair the World Atlanta | Visit website
    Repair the World Atlanta mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. We support grassroots Atlanta organizations working toward housing, food, and education justice.

Agencies Who Invest Funds with AJF

  • Atlanta Jewish Academy | Visit website
    Atlanta Jewish Academy is a college preparatory, co-educational, Early Childhood – 12th Grade, independent Jewish Day School, guided by modern orthodox values and principles. We embody the ideals of community, tradition, individual development, and educational innovation. Atlanta Jewish Academy develops the whole person for college and life by fostering a love of Torah, Israel and all Jewish people through an excellent General and Judaic education within an inclusive, nurturing community.
  • Breman Museum | Visit website
    Our Atlanta museum is home to the permanent exhibition Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years, 1933-1945; the Blonder Family Gallery dedicated to Southern Jewish History; and the Schwartz Gallery, which hosts a variety of traveling and rotating exhibitions. The Museum Library and Cuba Family Archives add to our on-site offerings while The Weinberg Center for Holocaust Education provides a wonderful educational resource for students, teachers, and lifelong learners.
  • Congregation Beth Jacob | Visit website
    Our mission is to grow and sustain a warm synagogue community that sanctifies G-d’s name by providing for the spiritual, social, and educational growth of a diverse membership.
  • Congregation Beth Shalom | Visit website
    An inclusive, diverse, and egalitarian, Conservative synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom’s mission is to connect, engage and inspire by providing a warm, inviting, and spiritual environment in which our kehillah (community) can learn, pray, serve and celebrate together as part of our valued, extended family.
  • Camp Judea | Visit website
    Camp Judaea is a pluralist Jewish community that celebrates the diversity of Jewish life around the world. We bring together campers and staff from every denomination. A stronger Jewish identity and deeper connection with Israel are core products of our program. For three generations, Camp Judaea has produced alumni who lead their communities in many ways, including through Tikkun Olam, “repairing the world,” and that continues today.
  • The Davis Academy | Visit website
    At The Davis Academy, we don’t teach to the test, we teach the whole child. We are focused on creating confident and compassionate leaders who, when they graduate, are academically prepared as they enter the next phase in their development. From Kindergarten Prep through Eighth Grade, The Davis Academy provides a challenging and enriching education based on an innovative, student-centric curriculum. The learning and the “ahas” happen not only in our classrooms, but also in our state-of-the-art science labs, calming outdoor nature sanctuary, creativity-driving idea labs and in global video conferences with kids from classrooms around the globe.
  • The Epstein School | Visit website
    The Epstein School is a preschool (from 3 months) – 8th grade Independent Jewish Day School serving 450 students. At The Epstein School, students experience an exceptional education led by specialized STEAM and Hebrew language programs.  The school prepares confident lifelong learners grounded in their unique Jewish identities.  Each student is challenged and prepared to become confident, engaged learners, and knowledgeable, committed leaders of our local and global communities. Our school offers integrated, dual-language learning that cultivates lifelong skills, inspires Jewish identity, and nurtures curiosity, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Etz Chaim | Vist website
    At Etz Chaim, creating meaningful Jewish experiences is where it all starts. Every generation and every individual discover the gift of what it means to be Jewish. Each person and every family make their own path by engaging in the many programs – educational, religious, and social, to create their own Jewish identity. There is something for everyone.
  • Hillels of Georgia | Visit website
    24 campuses, serving 5,000+ students across the state. Hillel is the focal point for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. Our mission is to enrich the lives of these individuals so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Our primary goal is to significantly increase the number of Jewish students who have meaningful Jewish experiences.
  • Jewish HomeLife | Visit website
    Inspired by Jewish traditions and values, we help families face the journey of aging through an extraordinary network of lifestyles, healthcare and support services no matter where you choose to live.
  • JF&CS Atlanta | Visit website
    Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta (JF&CS) offers programs and resources to transform lives. Building on our 125-year history, we are here to help individuals and families of all faiths live to their full potential. Guided by Jewish values, we are a welcoming community, and our experienced professionals bring integrity and compassion to their work in the fields of aging and older adults, career counseling, dentistry, mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and need-based support services. We serve thousands of individuals annually regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or ability to pay.
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta | Visit website
    The MJCCA is the leading-edge Jewish connector and catalyst of transformational experiences for greater Atlanta. Our mission is to foster and ensure a vibrant greater Atlanta Jewish community by providing programs and services of distinction that attract, involve, and inspire meaningful connections and promote Jewish values.
  • National Council of Jewish Women | Visit website
    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
  • Temple Emanu-El | Visit website
    Together we are building a congregation of thought-leaders, spiritual seekers, and engaged Jewish change-makers. Temple Emanu-El is infused with the dedication and hard work of its members.  Our vision is guided by these essential principles:
    • To foster strong Jewish identity in a complex world,
    • To empower our congregants with passion for Jewish learning
    • To discover beauty and joy through Jewish prayer, ritual, and observance
    • To nurture Jewish values that respond to the changing needs of modern families
    • To sustain a thriving congregation with dynamic youth engagement
    • To sing together as an inspirational and healing tool, with music as a focal point of connection
  • Torah Day School | Visit website
    Torah Day School of Atlanta provides a strong Torah education and a robust General Studies curriculum in a warm and nurturing environment. Our dedicated staff infuses students with a passion for learning, a love of mitzvos and chesed, and a strong connection to Eretz Yisrael. TDSA is the foundation for Jewish continuity and a vital part of the fabric of the Atlanta Jewish community.
  • The Weber School | Visit website
    Since its beginning 25 years ago, The Weber School has welcomed Jewish high school students from all over Atlanta. As a Jewish community high school with an exceptional college preparatory program, we attract and enroll students with a wide range of observance levels and Jewish education.